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Oil is the new all-over beauty treatment. Derived from nuts, berries, leaves, and herbs that are sourced from the far corners of the earth, oils are ideal for those times when your hair, skin, and nails crave moisture and more. Treatment oils are packed with essential nutrients to repair, nourish, and protect your hair, skin, and nails. They saturate, replenish lost moisture, and create a barrier that locks hydration in and dryness out.
Argan oil has been around for a long time, but it has only recently become recognized for the magic it works on skin and hair. Made from the kernels of argan trees, which can only be found in Morocco, argan oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which hydrate and repair dry skin and hair.
Only one specific group of people is allowed to harvest the argan nuts and make the oil-the Berber women of Morocco. And that’s great news for the eco-conscious, because not only are these women part of a fair trade cooperative, but the argan forests are protected by an ecosystem reforestation project. In fact, UNESCO has designated the growing region as a biosphere reserve.
High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather and altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing powerful nutrients. With more than 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of omegas 3, 6, and 9, which improve the turnover of skin cells and protect new ones. And it’s a rich source of the elusive omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair, and nails.
For centuries, the French, Spanish, and Italians have treated their hair with rosemary. Used in shampoos and rinses, rosemary oil conditions and prevents frizz. Rubbed into the scalp, it treats dryness, itch, and flakes; stimulates circulation; and may also help produce new hair.
Neem, a tree that’s native to India and Southeast Asia, is known as “the village pharmacy” for its ability to treat a variety of conditions. It’s an important plant used in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems, and has been valued as a medicinal herb for nearly 5,000 years. Neem oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. It’s also used to heal and protect skin, scalp, hair, and nails.
1Treat dry hair and scalp to Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil. This fragrant, deep-conditioning treatment hydrates hair and scalp, smooths split ends, and adds shine, making your scalp healthier and your hair more manageable.
2Moisturize and rejuvenate your skin with Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream. The omega-7 essential fatty acid helps boost collagen production and create a barrier against the elements.
3Multi-task your beauty routine with Zinn 100% Moroccan Argan Oil. This powerful antiaging and hydrating oil softens dry skin on the face and body, diminishes stretch marks, heals scars, thickens hair, smooths split ends, and softens cuticles.
4Strengthen your nails with Organix South Thera Neem Organix Nail & Cuticle Pen. Neem oil, organic sesame oil, organic castor seed oil, and vitamin E create an antioxidant-rich blend that fortifies brittle nails and softens cuticles.